Premier Daniel Andrews’ announcement that Deputy Premier James Merlino will retain the education portfolio, including early childhood, and Gail Tierney is continuing as Minister for Training and Skills, has been welcomed by the Australian Education Union in Victoria.
The AEU also welcomes the appointment of Sonya Kilkenny as Parliamentary Secretary for Early Childhood Education, Tim Richardson as the Parliamentary Secretary for Schools, and Luke Donnellan as Minister for Disability.
“The Andrews government campaigned heavily on a range of public school initiatives, including building 100 new schools and upgrading 1300 others,” said Meredith Peace, president of the Australian Education Victorian Branch.
“We will see extra staff in our schools and a range of student welfare measures, including dental care, school lunches and mental health professionals.
“This, along with the record $5 billion investment to introduce three-year-old kinder and further TAFE investment shows public education continues to be one of the government’s key priorities.
“We are pleased that James Merlino has retained the Education portfolio and will oversee important investments. This continuity will help schools and pre-schools build on the positive work they are doing for Victorian students.
“We are looking forward to continuing to work with Gail Tierney to rebuild TAFE, as she oversees the delivery of 52 fee-free TAFE courses and $220 million further investment in TAFE. The AEU also looks forward to working with the Treasurer and new Minister for Industrial Relations Tim Pallas.
“The AEU welcomes the Victorian Government’s investment in early childhood education, schools and TAFE,” said Meredith Peace.
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